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October 27, 2011

NCAA makes major changes to scholarship rules

The NCAA Division I board of directors approved a sweeping set of changes to scholarship rules that will begin phasing in with the 2012-2013 school year.

Touted as a way to improve academic performance in collegiate athletics, the board approved a plan that mandates a certain level of academic performance necessary to compete in postseason competition. Earlier this year, the board set the minimum academic standard for postseason competition at a 930 Academic Progress Rate. Teams must hit the 930 benchmark to be eligible for postseason play. Transfers will also have to meet a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for transfer.

For failing to meet those academic standards, teams could also be penalized with loss of practice time, competition reduction (loss of games), and a third level that includes coaching suspensions, financial aid reductions and restricted NCAA membership.

In addition, student-athletes who receive full athletic scholarships will now have the opportunity to receive additional athletics aid up to $2,000 or the full cost of attendance, whichever is the smaller amount. That $2,000 was added to help student-athletes address the rising costs of miscellaneous costs of attending college, and it is optional for institutions to offer the added benefit.

 

 

4 Comments

  1. This would’ve made for some good chat material today. What are your thoughts on the changes Joel?

    Comment by SB — October 27, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

  2. Seem like no-brainer decisions to me.

    Comment by JErickson — October 27, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  3. “additional aid available to student-athletes in head-count sports (football and basketball)” Let the lawsuits begin. Any female scholarshp volleyball player or male tennis player who does not get the $2000 should sue the school. The NCAA is creating two classes of scholarship athletes and IMO, that ain’t going to last long.

    Comment by Ted — October 28, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  4. What bowl teams from last season would have been ineligible for bowls because they fell below the 930 APR?

    Comment by frank — October 28, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

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